|Title:||Wyly, Isabella to Wyly, Edward, 1858|
|Collection||Oceans of Consolation [D. Fitzpatrick]|
|Sender Occupation||shop assistant|
|Destination||Newry, Co. Down, Northern Ireland|
|Transcript||Run die Street|
July 7th 1858
My Dear Edward
I hope you do not think it unkind of me not answering your kind
letters but I always have been almost to[o] late with my letters for the mails.
I was delighted to hear from you. It proves to me you have not quite
forgotten your poor Aunt, the only one that is alive to you. I was delighted
to hear you were getting on so well, and was such a Good Boy. I shall not
be able to call you that long for I soppose you ar almost quite a Man by
this time. If you were here you would make me feel quite old. I wish you
were, and I should be able to look to you as my big Protector.
How would you like to come to Adelaide. How do you like your
situation as a Station[er]. I expect when you ar out of your time, and should
you come here you would do well here. There are some nice Stationers Shops
I hope your dear Mama is quite well and dear little Susan. I speak of
her as I left her a Baby in arms. I should so like you all here. I hope you
will some day. I hope your dear Mama received my last letter, I inclosed a
half soverin in it for Susan as a little present. I hope when I hear of the
safe arival of that I shall send you another, but I did not like to trust
another until 1 herd if that got safe. I sent one half sovrin to dear Aunt
Lucy. She is so badly off, Poor thing in her old age it is hard to see her
want, and she has been so good to others. I hope your dear Mama will go
to see her and comfort her. I know she cannot do much but a kind word
does a deal for some people. Do you ever see her. Do you ever go to Dublin.
I received your likeness and was delighted with them. I Remember your
face well, I think it must be a good likeness. Your Mama dident say if the
were good. 1 propose sending mine in return to you that is if you will except
it. I soppose you almost forgot me.
The Children in North Adelade all sends their love to you and Susan
& Mama, also Mrs. Shadgett and family. Robert intends writing and enclosing
it in this so he will tell you all the newes. He has become quite a
draper after 3 years apprentice to it. Alaxander Wyly that is Poor Uncle
Roberts son is also a draper and doing well.
I soppose you herd of Poor Henrys death. I think I mention it in your
Mamas letter. He would not be gided by any one but took his own way,
so he met with his end at last. He died alone in Melburne without a frind
to soothe his pillow, at leas[t] without a relitave.
Dear Edward I often think of the happy days in Rathmines. I soppose
you forget all but I never will. There has been many changes since then,
but we cannot expect anything more in this world but changes. I trust we
ar all looking f[or]ward to that day of rest that happy day of meeting,
when our trubles shall be turned to Joy, and meeting will be to part no
more, and we shall make one unbroaken family in Heaven.
I trust dear Edward you will be a comfort to your dear Mama, as
she has no one but you and your dear Sister to comfort her. I was delighted
to hear you were all you your dear Mama could wish you to be since your
dear Papas death. I trust you will still continue to be so.
I send you a scene of Adelaide about 10 years ago. I shall send you
one of this years scenes by next mail, so that you will see the improvement
in the place. I thought you would like to see it. Tell me what you think of it.
You must excuse this horrid scribble for you will see it is horrid paper
to write on and I am in great hast[e] to be in time for the mail. As one of
the Children intends writing I shall say no more for I expect the will tell
you more newes that will interest you than I can.
Give my love to your dear Mama. I hope I shall here from her soon.
Kiss dear Susan one hundred times and except the same number for yourself
Good by and God bless you my dear Boy and may He never leave you
but may he direct you in all things and keep you from the evils of this wicked world.
That is the sincere prayer, dear Edward of your ever fond and Affectonate
Aunt Isabella Alice Wyly
Joyned by all in kindest love to you exept the same from your fond Aunt Bella
[top half of first page contains an etching labelled as follows]
ON STONE BY S. T. GILL PRINTED BY PENMAN & GALBRAITH
VIEWS N ADELAIDE NO. 1
FROM KING WILLIAM ST
Published by Penman & Galbraith Adelaide
[in Isabella's hand]
About 10 years ago.
I am quite ashamed to send this. If I had time I should write again but time wont permit.